Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[TheGuardian] Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ

[...] Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

[ComputerworldUK] Surveillance, innovation and user trust - Simon Says...

[...] In [Nothing to hide], we see Jeremie [Zimmermann] and a French singer performing a song together. The song is built around a frequently heard attempt to justify massive surveillance, “if you have nothing to hide, there is nothing you should worry about” - simultaneously demonstrating that the opposite is true.

[PCWorld] Facebook must comply with German data protection law, court rules

[...] The Berlin court [...] found that Facebook’s Friend Finder violated German law because it was unclear to users that they imported their entire address book into the social network when using it.

[...] the Higher Court of Berlin [...] contended that Facebook’s data processing is actually handled in the U.S. [...] and not by its Irish subsidiary [...] [otherwise] German data protection law would probably not have been applicable, because Facebook Ireland would have been responsible for handling user data in the E.U. [...].

[ComputerWeekly] Medical database could undermine privacy, says NHS risk assessment

NHS England’s own risk analysis says the planned system could undermine patient confidentiality, it has emerged.

The revelation coincides with the publication of a YouGov poll that indicates almost two-thirds of UK citizens are opposed to having their medical data sold to corporations under the scheme. [...]

[Techdirt] European Parliament Committee Says No To TAFTA/TTIP Deal Without Respect For Data Privacy, But Fails To Offer Snowden Asylum

Yesterday the LIBE [Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs] committee met and agreed its final recommendations, which include some pretty dramatic demands -- like this one: "Parliament's consent to the final Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal with the US "could be endangered as long as blanket mass surveillance activities and the interception of communications in EU institutions and diplomatic representations are not fully stopped and an adequate solution for data privacy rights of EU citizens, including administrative

[PCWorld] EU politicians pledge net neutrality and data privacy to gain votes

[…] Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are directly voted for by European Union citizens in various member states. The next election will take place this May, and in a bid to win votes nearly 30 candidates so far have signed a pledge to protect digital rights.

[Rfi] France fines Google over data protection

Internet giant Google has been forced to display a message on the homepage of its French website saying it has been fined for not meeting France's data protection standards. [...]

The punishment is more harmful to Google's reputation than to its finances, Jérémie Zimmermann the co-founder of online citizens' advocacy group La Quadrature du Net told RFI.

[TechCrunch] Twitter ‘Considering Legal Options To Defend First Amendment Rights’ As Data Requests Rise 22%

Twitter today has published its latest Transparency Report, a list of information and takedown requests, as well as copyright notices. The report breaks out for the first time how Twitter is faring on a country-by-country basis — useful considering that these days some 75% of its users are outside the U.S. — and indicates that information requests are up by 66% in the last two years.

[RT] Hackers sue Merkel & entire German govt over NSA spying

Europe’s largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens’ privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in cooperation with the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) filed the complaint with the German Federal Prosecutor General's office on Monday.

[TechDirt] French Surveillance Programs Eerily Echo The NSA's, Right Down To Codifying Unconstitutional Collections

[...] When news broke of the NSA acquiring millions of metadata records from French phone companies, the response from the French government seemed like little more than an attempt to shift the focus off its own PRISM-esque collection programs.

[Information] For the NSA, espionage was a means to strengthen the US position in climate negotiations

At the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, the world's nations were supposed to reach an agreement that would protect future generations against catastrophic climate change. But not everyone was playing by the rules. A leaked document now reveals that the US employed the NSA, its signals intelligence agency, to intercept information about other countries' views on the climate negotiations before and during the summit. According to observers, the spying may have contributed to the Americans getting their way in the negotiations [...]

[TheGuardian] Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

[...] The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

[Techdirt] European Court Of Human Rights Fast-tracks Case Against GCHQ; More Organizations Launch Legal Challenges To UK Spying

The European Court of Human Rights has fast-tracked "a legal action that a group of digital rights activists had brought against GCHQ, alleging that the UK's mass online surveillance programs have breached the privacy of tens of millions of people across the UK and Europe." [...]

Any hopes the UK government may have had that the case would amble slowly through the legal system until people had forgotten about it have now been dashed. [...]